Tuesday, September 16, 2014
16.09.2014 - 17.09.2014
Slept ‘til 7:30 on a very foggy morning. We iced my ankle, ate breakfast and set off for Lourmarin via the D7n crossing the Durance River at Mallemort to avoid the Cavaillon traffic disaster. It worked beautifully and was a nice drive. We found parking and set off on foot . . . slowly. In due time we wandered up to the Château and André Martin was having an exhibit of his oils, acrylics and watercolors that we thoroughly enjoyed. I bought photos of several and Ed got his business card.
We walked back into and through the town seeing more of it than we had on two previous visits. They’ve put up signs pointing to attractions which helps. Carol Lynn had suggested Nonni’s for lunch and we found it but they only serve dinner so we continued our search. We chose another restaurant and were seated but quickly discovered they only took Visa and Ed didn’t have his so we apologized and left. Finally settled on L’Insolite, a glacier, pizzeria, restaurant. Good choice. We sat in the back on the terrace leaving most of the other tourists out on the main street . . . and in the sun. The terrace was not only shady; it had two cute cats to entertain us. One of them kept climbing the vines growing along the roof and sides and playing with the strings of light bulbs. She was so funny even serious businessmen were getting up and taking pictures with their cell phones. We were all laughing at her. Fortunately the food was good too. We both got the magret de canard cooked to perfection with one hot and one cold vegetable, both excellent. It was a glacier so we got ice cream for dessert and loved it. Great fun, excellent food and service . . . and they take MasterCard. [L’Insolite, Place de la Fontaine, 84160 Lourmarin; tel: +33 (0)4 9068-0203]
Retrieved the car and found our way through lovely countryside to Cucuron where we drove right to free parking. We walked up to “the lake,” a huge fountain with tables and chairs around it and surrounded by ancient plane trees. Perfect! Walked through a gate into the old town and wandered from one end to the next stopping in the church and taking lots of pictures. Visited the lovely Eglise de Notre Dame de Beaulieu. We ended up thoroughly lost but finally spotted “the lake” from a higher street and walked back down.
We then searched out the road to Ansouis, one of the Plus Beaux Villages of France and again, drove right to free parking. We set off uphill . . . way up hill toward the Château and tried to visit the town but there didn’t appear to be much town. We stopped in one gallery with pretty awful art and a very cute cat. The houses were lovely but we didn’t see shops or anything to visit. Opposite the Château was an exhibit of local artists, some quite good that we did enjoy. We entered what looked like the Château but was Eglise St. Martin-d’Ansouis and small but very ornate. Views from the viewing table in front of the church/chateau are spectacular over the surrounding countryside.
Exited the church and started the long walk down to the car. We drove to the D973 and retraced our steps to Mallemort and home to discover our local boulanger closed. Drove to Gare Mollégès and that boulanger was also closed! We ate stale bread from last night for dinner. Is there a boulanger strike? Horrors . . .